William Braud's research while affiliated with Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and other places

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This chapter explores the concept of transpersonal education, the role of the educator, and process and practices that support transpersonal education at the school, classroom, and facilitator levels. The authors discuss the process, obstacles, and challenges of transpersonal education and make suggestions for the future. To understand the nature o...
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Exceptional human experiences (EHEs) are anomalous experiences that, if worked with sufficiently, can foster beneficial and transformative changes in the experiencer. This chapter explores the nature, accompaniments, and aftereffects of such experiences and focuses on the variety of ways in which their experiencing and their disclosure can benefit...
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Transpersonal psychology studies experiences in which one’s sense of identity; stage of development; state of consciousness; and ways of knowing, being, and doing can be expanded beyond those typically considered in conventional psychology. It addresses issues of spirituality, ego‐transcendence, wisdom, psychospiritual growth and development, perso...
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This article describes a holistic and transpersonal approach to higher education and presents the graduate psychology programs and practices of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) as an illustrative example of this approach, given its 30þ year history. The article describes ITP's transpersonal and whole-person focus, its experiential le...
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Full reference: Braud, W. (2005). The farther reaches of psi research: Future choices and possibilities. In M. A. Thalbourne & L. Storm (Eds.), Parapsychology in the twenty-first century: Essays on the future of psychical research (pp. 38-62). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
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A Psychomanteum Process involving mirror-gazing was conducted in a research setting to explore apparent facilitated contact with deceased friends and relatives, and to collect data on the phenomena, experiences, and effects on bereavement. A pilot study with five participants resulted in strong experiences and four apparent contacts. The main study...
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Ineffability has been proposed as an important feature of the mystical experience. Various psychological processes may contribute to this ineffability, including: expansion of awareness from center to margin of the field of consciousness (building on thoughts of William James and Frederic Myers); an attentional shift from a discrete figure to a lar...
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Under which circumstances is psychic functioning most and least likely to occur? The identification of psi-favorable and psi-antagonistic conditions can allow greater practical applications of psi and also increased understanding of its nature and underlying processes. An adequate account of psi-favorable conditions would be an inclusive, systemic...
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Virtually all medical and psychological treatments and interventions—conventional as well as complementary and alternative—are assumed to act in present time on present, already well-established conditions. An alternative healing pathway is proposed in which healing intentions—in the form of direct mental interactions with biological systems—may ac...
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Since the 1950s, researchers have attempted to understand reports of distant or "psychic" healing, developing experimental protocols that test the distant healing hypothesis by measuring biological changes in a target system while ruling out suggestion or self-regulation as counterexplanations. This article provides a brief overview of these "heali...
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ignorance the inevitable portion of those who 'keep themselves to themselves,' and stand apart, judging, analyzing the things which they have never truly known. (p. 4) Those are the words of Evelyn Underhill, written in 1915. She was, of course, discussing the mystical experience, a passion to which she devoted much of her life. I am convinced that...
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It is a truism that our mental processes can exert profound influences upon our own bodies, upon other people, and upon the physical world. I intend to wiggle my finger, and the finger obliges. I wish to move from one room to another, and the complex system of my musculature cooperates and takes me there. I intend to remember a particular event tha...
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Reactions to an Unseen Gaze (Remote Attention): A Review, with New Data on Autonomic Staring Detection The Journal of Parapsychology Braud, William, Shafer, Donna, Andrews, Sperry Have you ever had the feeling that someone was staring at you from behind and, upon turning around, found you were correct? From time to time, most of us have had su...
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For several years, my co-workers and I have been exploring the use of living target systems in our research on distant mental influence. We have found that living systems possess many characteristics that make them exceedingly attractive and useful to the psi researcher. I would like to share with you some of my thoughts about the positive features...
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4/22/2017Further Studies of Autonomic Detection of Remote Staring: Replication, New Control Procedures, and Personality Correlates" by Braud, William, Shafer, Donn...https://www.questia.com/read/1G1-15667545/further-studies-of-autonomic-detection-of-remote-staring1/19Further Studies of Autonomic Detection of Remote Staring:Replication, New Control...
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Several recent reports have indicated significant relations between extrasensory perception (ESP) experiences and performances and the Earth's geomagnetic field (GMF) activity. ESP experiences are reported more frequently, and accuracy of laboratory ESP is more accurate, on days of relatively quiet GMF activity. On the other hand, there are indicat...
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Two experiments, with 64 14–60 yr olds, tested the prediction from the 1st author's (1980, 1981) proposed lability/inertia model of psi functioning that psi performance would be positively correlated with degree of assessed cognitive lability—the degree of free variability of mental processes. Lability was assessed by measuring the number of new me...
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The Editors of this Journal asked me to write a brief introduction to Jennifer Clements' paper on Organic Inquiry. I provide my introductory comments in the form of an imaginary ''Letter to a Student,'' in which I describe the history, nature, strengths, and limitations of this approach. Dear Student, Thank you for your recent message. You asked if...
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This new psychology looks to me very much like children learning some summary and not very adequate alphabet . . . and imagining that their first book of obscure beginnings . . . is the very heart of the real knowledge. They look from down up and explain the higher lights by the lower obscurities; but the foundation of these things is above and not...
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This paper indicates the limitations of older, more conventional approaches to research (grounded in an exclusively positivistic paradigm) and suggests ways in which research and disciplined inquiry can be extended and expanded to more appropriately honor and address exceptional human experiences and transpersonal topics and experiences. An integra...
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This paper includes three interrelated sections. The first section on "integral inquiry" was prepared by William Braud. The second section on "intuitive inquiry" was prepared by Rosemarie Anderson. The third section on "phenomenological inquiry" was prepared by Ron Valle. The paper describes the essential nature of each of these three new approache...
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M anifestation is mind; and so is Voidness too. Enlightenment is mind; and so is blindness too. -Tilopa, The Vow of Mahamudra Stop talking and thinking, and there is nothing you will not be able to know. -from the Hsin-hsin-ming ("On The Believing Mind") of Seng-ts'an, Third Patriarch of Zen I initially thought of entitling this presentation "Reach...

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... Most people claim to have turned around to find that someone was looking at them; most people also claim to have caused other people to turn round by looking at them (Sheldrake, 2003). Scopesthesia is a newly coined scientific term for this phenomenon (Carpenter, 2005), which is also referred to in the research literature as ''unseen gaze detection'' (Wiseman & Smith, 1994), ''staring detection'' (Braud, 2005), ''nonvisual staring detection'' (Sheldrake, 2005b) or ''remote staring detection'' (Baker, 2005). ...
... Braud y col. (43), investigaron la atención remota, durante la cual el influenciador enfocaba su atención simplemente mirando a una persona distante, provocando en esa persona una sensación de estar siendo observada. Discriminaron la AED del voluntario receptor durante los períodos de "observación", versus los de "no observación". ...
... Braud, Shafer, and Andrews (1990) "Further Studies of Remote Attention." Braud, Shafer, and Andrews (1992) " neuroscientists are electronically linking their geographically separated brain research laboratories in an attempt to demonstrate that humanity shares a common observer, a precious resource in a world entrenched in egotism and addicted to distraction. But, the scientific mainstream is pitted against them, unwilling to release control to an awareness beyond their own. ...
... 174-175). This is what transpersonal psychology has historically done (Anderson & Braud, 2013). Sensory data accessible to experience via physical senses is only one of several equally legitimate types of empiricism. ...
... In this way, the scope of the comparison was expanded. Furthermore, the questionnaire used in previous matrix experiments was modified by adding state variables identified as particularly psi-promoting (see Braud, 2002) and discussed by the matrix experiment consortium against the background of the Organizational Closure. These variables served as foundation of data to exchange the psychological variables (keystrokes) with the questionnaire data, using the "Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory" (Pekala, 1995) in an additional analysis and to perform explorative analyses to examine which variables, determined as favoring psi effects, influence the number of significant correlations. ...
... This idea has found substantial empirical support. Existing research suggests that the aftereffects included in EHEs involve changes like (1) an increased sense of life meaning and purpose, (2) changes in values and attitudes, especially in terms of less materialistic and more altruistic values and in terms of higher social trust, (3) increased feelings of self-actualization, (4) increased interest in spirituality, (5) increased level of spiritual beliefs (like belief in life after death or belief in a higher force or being) and (6) increased sense of well-being (Braud, 2012;Cardeña et al., 2017;Greyson & Ring, 2004;Kennedy et. al., 1994;Kennedy & Kanthamani, 1995;Klemenc-Ketiš, 2010;Palmer & Braud, 2002;Taylor & Egeto-Szabo, 2017;Waldron, 1998). ...
... An alternative approach would be to suggest that the DMILS stimulus was very weak so that the response was below the level of noise inherent in an individual's physiology. However, this does not account for past findings which show that physiologically labile people exhibit a stronger effect (Braud, 1994). Such people should be far less likely to respond to a weak stimulus as they essentially have more noise in the in their systems. ...
... In science, and in the new global civilization as a whole, it has become mainstream to look at the world as if it were primarily physical, with consciousness arising out of the complexity 23.indd 1 of the physical brain as if it were some kind of evolutionary afterthought. Though we tend to take this view of reality for granted, it is not only one-sided, but even in the west actually a rather recent development. ...
... Within distant intention research three dominant paradigms have evolved over the last 40 years which show in meta-analyses small but significant effects around d=0.1 (Schmidt, 2012;Schmidt, Schneider, Utts, & Walach, 2004). These are the EDA-DMILS experiment, the Remote Staring experiment (RSE), and the Attention Focusing Facilitation Experiment (AFFE) that were all developed by William Braud (Braud, 1978;Braud, Shafer, & Andrews, 1993;Braud, Shafer, McNeill, & Guerra, 1995). The EDA-DMILS paradigm was developed first and is the most frequently conducted experiment of these three paradigms. ...
... More recently, researchers in the field of transpersonal psychology and related areas have developed forms of disciplined inquiry that go a step beyond the more familiar qualitative research approaches mentioned above. These include heuristic research (Moustakas, 1990), intuitive inquiry (Anderson, 1998(Anderson, , 2000(Anderson, , 2001(Anderson, , 2004, organic inquiry (Braud, 2004;Clements, 2004), and integral inquiry (Braud, 1998a(Braud, , 1998b(Braud, , 2002(Braud, , 2006Braud & Anderson, 1998). These As in all forms of qualitative research, the researcher plays an extremely important role as the chief "instrument" of the investigation. ...